Juvenile and Children's Law Section

This section provides a forum for lawyers who deal with juvenile and children’s law. It produces CLE courses related to this practice area, distributes a newsletter to section members, and works toward improving juvenile justice and children’s law.

The Odeneal Firm
PO Box 392
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Immediate Past Chair
Disability Rights Tennessee
2 International Plaza, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37217

Shelby Juvenile Court Puts Focus on Serious Offenders

A Shelby County program for keeping kids out of the Juvenile Court system is gaining national recognition, WMC Action News 5 reports. Judge Dan Michael said in the past five years, his court has been working with schools and local law enforcement to only bring kids to court on major offenses. In 2012, he said 6,900 kids were detained and charged in juvenile court. The latest numbers from last year show only 890 kids were brought in. 

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Shelby Officials Ask for Relief from Juvenile Court Oversight

Shelby County officials are asking for relief from federal oversight of its Juvenile Court after two new reports show the county has made progress in meeting requirements set forth in a 2012 Department of Justice memorandum, WMC Action News 5 reports. County Mayor Mark Luttrell was joined by the juvenile judge and county sheriff in an eight-page letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for relief. Several outside experts disagree, saying big inequalities still exist and more improvement is needed.

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